12 Nov 2018 Dallas - Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s new generation of HDR InfiniBand solutions consisting of ConnectX-6 adapters, Quantum switches, LinkX cables and software accelerate the new supercomputer at the University of Michigan. The new supercomputer named "Great Lakes" will enhance the university research activities and provide scalable high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure for thousands of users across the university.
The new HPC and AI supercomputer was deployed by Dell EMC and includes a nearly 13,000 processor-cores unit, and a 25,600 GPU-cores unit, built in a hybrid topology, interconnected by a Mellanox smart InfiniBand network. The combined performance of both units delivers more than one Petaflop of performance.
"Access to high performance computing resources is a critical component of the University of Michigan's rich computing ecosystem", stated Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at the University of Michigan. "Investigators in emerging fields like machine learning and precision health, among many others, will see improved computing performance with Great Lakes."
"Dell EMC is thrilled to collaborate with the University of Michigan and our technology partners to bring this innovative and powerful system to such a strong community of researchers", stated Thierry Pellegrino, vice president, Dell EMC High Performance Computing. "This Great Lakes cluster will offer an exceptional boost in performance, throughput and response to reduce the time needed for University of Michigan researchers to make the next big discovery in a range of disciplines from artificial intelligence to genomics and bioscience."
"We are proud to see the first Mellanox HDR InfiniBand ConnectX-6 adapters and Quantum switches based supercomputer in the world", stated Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "The smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines that InfiniBand enables will deliver the highest performance, efficiency and scalability for the University of Michigan users, for both HPC and AI applications."
The Great Lakes supercomputer is planned to run in full capacity and be available to the University of Michigan community in the first half of 2019.
You can visit Mellanox Technologies at SC'18 in Dallas, Texas, November 12-15, 2018, at booth #3207, to learn more on the new HDR 200G InfiniBand solutions and to see the full suite of Mellanox's end-to-end high-performance InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions. You can hear Brock Palen, Director, Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS), University of Michigan talk about the Great Lakes supercomputer at the Mellanox booth on November 13th, at 3:30pm.